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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

(from our special correspondent. ) Wellington, Nov. 29.

In Committee on the Estimates this morning, twenty guineas were taken off the honorarium, leaving the sum of £lB9. A most acrimonious debate ensued, in which every kind of bad motive was imputed to those who voted on the side of the reduction, and the Ministry were assailed for not voting in a block against it. Messrs. Hall and Uolleston voted for the reduction, and the other Ministers against it.i A great deal of coarse language was used, chiefly by MV. Hislop, about reducing the payment of Ministers, and Mr. Hall was unwise enough to resent it. But for this question, which is always a knotty one, the Estimates would have been got through before the House rose this mornj ing ; but finding the debate interminable, members contented to report progress soon after 2.30 this morning.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879

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